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Foundations of Education | Master’s Degree

Vermont State University


The Foundations of Education (Master of Arts) program (36 credits) is intended for educators and individuals who are inspired to pursue pertinent professional questions, creative ideas, or novel projects through graduate study. The program emphasizes critical scholar-practitioner inquiry.

Instruction in the program emphasizes interdisciplinarity, personalization, critique, and application. Participants study social and educational theory and research to develop a broad understanding of educational practice, policy, and perspectives. Social, political, and economic arrangements are examined in the quest to achieve empathy and social justice for diverse and inclusive schools and communities.

Participants complete an interdisciplinary sequence in educational studies and a personalized concentration. For their self-designed concentration, participants may study professional topics related to their work such as instructional methods, curriculum development, content enrichment, cultural affirmation, program assessment, or leadership strategies. Teachers may design the concentration to add endorsements. Participants develop skills in applied inquiry through self-study, action research, phenomenology, critical analysis, and narrative reflection.

Cost Total Cost $23,796

  • Tuition (total) $23,796

  • Cost per credit $661

  • Cost information is approximate, please visit the program's website for the most up to date information available.

Financial Assistance

  • Grants & Scholarships

    Graduate students typically finance their education through loans. Some grants and scholarships may be available. Please contact the school for more information.

    State or Local Grant
    Private Grant
    Other Grant
    State or Local Scholarship
    Private Scholarship
    Other Scholarship
    Veteran Educational Assistance Program
    Department of Defense (DoD) Tuition Assistance
    State or Local Military Assistance

  • Loans

    Most graduate financial aid is in the form of federal unsubsidized loans. You must fill out the FAFSA at to be considered.

    Federal Unsubsidized Loan
    Private Loan
    Other Loan
    Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan

Related Industries

  • Educational services; state, local, and private